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BRAY DATE CONFIRMED

Bohemians’ EA Sports Cup Rd 2 tie v Bray Wanderers has been confirmed for Monday May 20 at Dalymount Park (KO7.45pm).

ALL ABOARD THE BOHS BUS TO LIMERICK

The Bohs bus heads to Thomond Park for the first time ever as the Gypsies travel take on Limerick FC on Tuesday April 16th.

Check-in is from 3.30pm. The bus will leave Dalymount at 4pm sharp and return straight after the game. The cost is €18 return.

To put your name down, mail bus@bohemians.ie.

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

To celebrate the launch of Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, EA invaded the Airtricity League for Bohemians’ game against Sligo Rovers and gave away a console and copy of the game.

Bohemians FC “Army of Two” took on support from Sligo Rovers, with themed Army of Two cards hidden in both the home and away sections on the night. Two lucky fans from each club teamed up and went head to head at half-time in a test of skill!

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve now got our hands on FIVE COPIES of the game to give away on our Facebook page!

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Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, players find themselves on the war-torn streets of Mexico as Alpha and Bravo, two operatives working for Tactical Worldwide Operations (T.W.O.), fight for justice against a dangerous cartel. Featuring both online and split-screen co-op, Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel gives players the chance to distinguish themselves from their friends by providing a deeper and more advanced upgrade and customization system.*

For your chance to win one of five copies simply answer the following question correctly on our Facebook page:

Q) What is the name of the latest addition to the award winning Army of Two franchise?

  • A) The Devil’s Cartel
  • B) The Rovers Returns
  • C) The Rebel Army

*This is an over-18s game – winners must be 18 or over. Deadline for entries is 10pm Sunday April 14th. Winners will be drawn at random by a Bohemians player.

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VIDEO: BOHEMIANS 0 DERRY CITY 4 POST-MATCH

Bohemians manager Aaron Callaghan gave his post-match reaction to JAMIE O’HALLERON after his side’s humiliating defeat at home to Derry City on Friday night.

Questions and editing by Jamie O’Halleron. Filmed by Sean De Faoite.

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BOHEMIANS 0 DERRY CITY 4

Bohemians suffered their second heavy home defeat on the bounce as high-flying Derry City won by four goals to nil at Dalymount Park. In a match that was eerily similar to last Friday’s defeat to Sligo, the Gypsies played some good football in patches, but were ultimately undone by a mix of poor defending and clinical finishing, writes KEVIN FAGAN.

Aaron Callaghan might just be hoping that the RTÉ cameras stay away from Phibsborough for a few weeks, with the second televised game in a row ending in a very unfavourable scoreline for Bohs. Despite a confidence-boosting win over Shelbourne on Monday, the unchanged side were well beaten by Declan Devine’s efficient counter-attacking outfit.

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Just like the game at Tolka, Bohs started well. Superb close control from Ryan McEvoy gave him some space to feed Luke Byrne, who slid a lovely pass through to Ciaran Nangle. Nangle’s cross-shot flashed across the face of goal, agonizingly close to both Dave Scully and Kevin Devaney.

Unfortunately for Bohs, they were hit with a sucker punch just as the team were starting to dominate. Derry’s Patrick McEleney had been anonymous for the opening 13 minutes, but he definitely caught the attention in the 14th. He picked the ball up on the left side about 30 yards out, skipped inside Derek Pender, and unleashed what is often referred to as a “worldie”. His curling 30-yard strike hit the underside of Dean Delany’s crossbar, bounced down and back up into the top corner. It was a strike to light up any game.

As good as Derry’s opening goal was, their second was the kind of goal that would give a manager sleepless nights. An aimless ball down the line from Paddy Kavanagh was totally misjudged by Ciaran Nangle, who let the ball slip under his boot. Simon Madden suddenly had acres of room to deliver a cross, which found Michael Rafter on the penalty spot. Rafter had far too much time to take a touch, set himself, and shoot through Roberto Lopes’ legs to double Derry’s lead.

As the game wore on, it was difficult not to cast minds back to the first half of the game against Shamrock Rovers, and Chris Lyons’ injury. Bohs just haven’t looked particularly dangerous since the former UCD man was chopped down by Derek Foran, and Aaron Callaghan will be hoping his ankle injury heals as quick as possible.

Bohs’ best spell came after the break, when a string of corners and free kicks heaped pressure on the Derry defence. Again, no clear cut chances materialized, despite a clear penalty appeal being turned down for a blatant handball by Shane McEleny. The out-of-retirement Anthony Buttimer may well have been unsighted, but his assistant in front of the Derry fans should have put his flag across his chest.

With Bohs close-but-not-quite getting back into the game, a third Derry goal was always going to be the killer. Again, it was sloppy. Dean Delany flapped at a Derry corner, and the looping ball returned to the back post was miraculously cleared off the line by Ryan McEvoy. However, no one in red and black reacted, and Shane McEleney rose to nod the ball into the empty net.

Just three minutes later, a forgettable night for the Gypsies was complete. Michael Rafter found himself in a lot of space between the midfield and defence. He had time to slip a ball around the side of a wrong-footed Roberto Lopes, and Barry McNamee applied the finish. Bohs now have 11 days to lick their wounds before an intruiging trip to Limerick and the grandeur of Thomond Park on Tuesday the 16th of April.

Bohemians:  Dean Delany, Derek Pender, Roberto Lopes, Stephen Paisley, Luke Byrne; Ciaran Nangle (Karl Moore 77), Ryan McEvoy, Stephen Traynor (Keith Buckley 45), Dave Mulcahy; Dave Scully, Kevin Devaney. Subs not used: Greg Murray, Shane Murray, Dwyane Wilson, Conor O’Brien , Andy Mulligan.

Derry City: Gerard Doherty, Simon Madden, Shane McEleney, Ryan McBride, Thomas Crawley (Dermot McCaffrey 83); Patrick Kavanagh (Michael Duffy 79), Barry Molloy, Ruaidhri Higgins, Patrick McEleney; Barry McNamee, Michael Rafter (Mark Griffin 80). Subs not used: James Gallagher, Ryan Curran, Tony McNamee, Conall Kelly.

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THE WEEKENDER: APRIL 5

BETTING COLUMN BY SEAMUS O’CONCHUR

Without wishing to be typically pessimistic as a Bohs fan, our win over Shelbourne on Monday may prove in the long run to say more about Shels’ quality this season than it will about our ability to develop a knack of winning games.  With one point to show from five games, the portents are not good as Shels travel to face runaway leaders Sligo Rovers this weekend.

Sligo’s quality was obvious to anyone at Dalymount Park on Good Friday, where they won 3-0 whilst playing almost entirely within themselves.

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One suspects that they have a couple of gears to go up, and as they begin to have even more top-class players available to them (Joseph Ndo, Danny North), the lads starting for Ian Baraclough won’t want to ease up.  Shels’ disciplinary record this season only compounds what one suspects will be a task way beyond them this weekend and Sligo can be backed with reasonable confidence on the Asian Handicap.

The RTE cameras visit the Home of Football again as Derry roll into town in great form, and seen by most as the team most likely to challenge Sligo for the league – if indeed any team are going to put up much of a challenge.  It will be interesting to see how Derry set up to play against us, as they are a team with a similarly young age profile to our own.  They are uncompromising at the back, but this game is unlikely to be as bad-tempered as some recent meetings between the sides as they know where the net is and have been able to win games well, with notable results including a narrow win away to Cork and a 6-0 thumping of UCD, a team we scraped past against ten men.  There is little to suggest that we can get much out of this, but our defence has been impressive enough this season, and it’s unlikely that Derry will beat us quite as easily as Sligo did.  At a general price of 8/15, under 2.5 goals could be the bet.

Elsewhere in the league, Shamrock Rovers will be looking to get closer to Sligo before they lose sight of them completely, but Drogheda have been a stubborn outfit this season, if not quite as impressive as last season.  Their only defeat this season was a 0-1 at Richmond Park on the opening night when they were some way short of their best.  Shamrock Rovers’ perceived on-pitch problems (over-intricate, lack of cutting edge in the final third, unable to put away inferior teams) aren’t going to be solved in a hurry and you’d be more and more confident as the game goes on of Drogs being able to claim a point once they don’t concede early.  3.91 the draw with Pinnacle is more than acceptable here.

Bray have been tough enough this season and remain unbeaten.  St Pat’s will have their backers but it’s hard to trust them in a single bet.  They are yet to draw a game this season but it’s not impossible that they’ll do precisely that tonight.

Dundalk’s home game with Limerick is a candidate for both teams to score.  Neither team has looked great at the back but both sides possess some decent attacking talent and so both teams to score here could be the best bet.

In the First Division, Wexford will find it tough to get anything from the long trip to Donegal and the fit, hungry Finn Harps can be backed at 4/5 to take all 3 points.

Recommended:
Sligo Rovers -1.5, 1pt 9/11 (Pinnacle)
Bohs-Derry under 2.5 goals, 1pt 8/15 (general)
Shamrock Rovers-Drogheda draw, 1pt 3.91 (Pinnacle)
Dundalk-Limerick both teams to score, 1pt 19/20 (Hills)
Finn Harps, 2pts 4/5 (general)

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7-DRAW LOTTO TICKET FOR JUST €10!

You can now purchase a special 7-draw ticket for the Bohemian FC Lotto/Football Forecast for the knockdown price of €10 from the club’s online shop.

With individual draw tickets costing €2, this ticket is a steal!

Once you’ve bought your ticket from the online store, email your selections to footballforecasts@bohemians.ie each week before the deadline.

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CALLAGHAN: WE CAN’T REPEAT ERRORS THAT COST US

PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v DERRY CITY (Friday April 5th, KO7.05pm)

Bohemians host No. 2 in the league Derry City just a week after welcoming leaders Sligo Rovers. But they come to Friday’s televised encounter after bouncing back from defeat to Sligo Rovers with a good win over Shelbourne.

Manager Aaron Callaghan was very pleased with the performance against Shels, particularly with the contribution of more experienced players, Derek Pender, Dave Mulcahy and Stephen Paisley, the last-named playing his first full game of the league campaign against his former club.

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“Their experience counted when Shelbourne had us pinned back for 20 minutes in the second half,” said Callaghan.

In his first league start for Bohemians Ciaran Nangle (pictured) did “really well, he brought a bit of balance to the team on the left side, and he showed calmness”, according to the manager.

Victory over Shelbourne moved Bohemians out of a group at the bottom of the table and“it was vital to get those three points”, Callaghan noted.

Derry will present formidable opposition, having scored seven goals in their last three games, while conceding none.

“They will be coming to us full of confidence. They have had a good start to the season. We have to make sure our preparation is right and we have to concentrate on our own performance, and make sure we don’t make those errors that cost us against Sligo”, said Callaghan.

Against Shelbourne, a couple of players who were starting regularly were rested, and one or two of those may come in again against Derry.

Michael Barker has joined the injury list with an ankle injury from training. Owen Heary (knee) and Chris Lyons (ankle) remain out.

Callaghan has sought to keep the whole squad tuned up with friendlies, like a short game played on Wednesday at the IT Blanchardstown complex. He has arranged another friendly against Irish Universities for the 11-day period between Friday’s game and the trip to Limerick on 16th April.

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SPECIAL OFFER FOR FORMER MEMBERS

Bohemians are running a special offer for former members for our next two home matches – against Derry City (Friday April 5th, KO7.05pm) and Dundalk (Friday, April 19th, KO 7.45pm)

For these two fixtures, all former members of the past 10 years can come to the game for just €5! All the former member needs to do is show their old membership card at the Members’ Stile.

We encourage all members and supporters to invite any ex-members you know to come along and avail of this offer.

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HOME TO BRAY IN EA SPORTS CUP

Bohemians have been drawn at home to Bray Wanderers in the second round of the EA Sports Cup.

The tie will be played Monday/Tuesday, 20th/21st May. Match details will be confirmed in due course.

Full draw: Pool 1 - Limerick v Waterford Utd, Wexford Youths v Cork City. Pool 2 - Finn Harps v Derry City, Sligo Rovers v Mervue Utd. Pool 3 - Bohemians v Bray Wanderers, Salthill Devon v St. Patrick’s Athletic. Pool 4 - Drogheda United v Longford Town, Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk. Note: The draw for the Quarter-final stage will be on an open basis.

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